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John Knight

Male 1595 - 1670  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name John Knight 
    Christened 30 Jan 1594/95  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 9
    History birth to 1635  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was a merchant tailor. [1, 9, 10, 12]
    Immigration 1635 
    History 1636 to death  Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On 25 May 1636, he became a freeman with his brother, Richard. [1, 5, 8, 12]
    • In 1636, he was a witness in the case of Joseph Avery before the General Court. [11]
    • June 6, 1637, John Knight, of Newbury, was licensed to keep an ordinary and give intertainment to such as neede. [1, 4, 5]
    • In 1638 he was a proprietor of Newbury. [11]
    • On 6 July 1638, he was chosen as an interim Selectman. [3]
    • August 6th [1638]. Whereas it is agreed with Mr. Richard Dummer of Newbury by the persons, whose names are underwritten, hereunto subscribed that in case Mr. Dummer doe make his mill fitt to grynd corne and doe maintaine the same, as also doe keep a man to attend grynding of corne, then they for their part will send all the come that they shall have ground and doe likewise promise that all the rest of the towne (if it lye in their power to promise the same) shall also bring their come from tyme to tyme to be ground at the same mill. And it is further agreed that (the aforementioned conditions being observed by Mr. Dummer) there shall not any other mill be erected within the sayd towne.
      Edward Woodman.
      John Knight.
      Edward Rawson.
      Richard Brown.
      Henry Short.


      From the Newbury Town Records [3, 4]
    • In 1640, John Knight had a lot of land granted him on condition that he "follow fishing." These lots were called fisherman's lots. [3]
    • In 1654 according to the town records "September 21st. ‘ Liberty was granted to the inhabitants of the ‘old towne’ to make a fence and hang a gate acrosse the way about Anthony Short’s or John Knight’s provided they hinder not the cattell from going into the commons there." [3]
    • On 27 March 1655 he was appointed the Clerk of the Market. [1, 5]
    • This was recorded in 1668 in the town records: According to our commission from the town, March 8th 1665, we
      have laid out a country way unto Salisbury New towne of four Rod broad, begining at Merrimack River Side, running through Christopher Bartlett's land sixty rods and likewise through Archelaus Woodman's land, Sixteen Rod at the North end of Caleb Moody's land and through Robert Coker's land about 17 or 18 Rods.
      Richard Kxight
      John Knight
      Richard Dole
      being selectmen did give order to have this recorded.
      [4]
    • He served as a selectman in 1668 and 1669. [5]
    • On 5 May 1670, he wrote his will:

      ""This 5 of May 1670 I John Knight of Newbery Sen' being often pained in my body and know not how sudenly I
      may be desolued and leaue this world and being desirous while my memoree is good to setl my outward Estat acording to my desir and therfor do hear make my Last will and Testament as followeth first I Comitte my soule to god that gaue it: and my body to the Earth to be buried to Rest vntill the Eesurecion by my Saviour Jesus Christ Itm I give unto my beloued wiffe Eleven pounds a yeare for hir maintainanc while she liueth and that she may dwell in one End of my house while she liueth and to use anie of my goods what she hath need of for hir selfe in the house Itm I giue and apoint fourtie pounds after my wifs deseace and in Convenient time as my ouerseers Judg best for my daughtr Sarah bartlets vse while she liueth :||and|| with hir husband John Bartlet and after hir decease the fourtie pounds to be made good vnto the Child or Children of hir body surviving to Inioy: If she haue none then the fortie pounds to Return vnto my sonn John Knights Children Equaly vnto all accept Josep Knight and my will is that if my daughter Sarah Bartlet haue a sonn or daughter Lining after hir decease my will is that my sonn John Knight or his asigns shall pay for the Childs use tenn pounds more which will be in all fiftie pounds : and my will is that when my son in law John Bartlet or anie other for hir Corns to demaund or Recieue the fortie pounds before mentioned that then sufficient bond in land be giuen vnto my ouerseers or my Executor for the payment of it acording to my will Itm I giue vnto my daughter marie douner and hir husband Josep douner fourscore pounds to be paid one fortie of it in a yeare after my wifs decease and the other fortie pounds the next year after that : and Likwise I giue vnto my grand Child Josep Downer twentie pounds to be paid by my Executor when he is on and twentie years of aige: Likwise I giue vnto my gran Child marie Downer twentie pounds to be paid by my Executer when she is Eighteen years of age Itm I giue vnto my daughter Marie Douner and hir husband during ther lius four acers of marish Land out of the marish I haue on the south sid of John Piks land that they Call the 8 acers : after my wifs deceas and four acers of medow Joyning vnto that 4 acers I gaue my daughter Sara Bartlet on the north: and likwise I giue my daught marie Douner & hir husband during ther Hues that peec of marish our the pond to the Creek on the East by henri Jaquises land on the north & John piks on the south and my lot at Plimi Hand and two akers wher they haue built and that one aker of ||plow||land in the feeld on the west sid of the way going to new toune joyning to my son Johns two akers he bought of Nicholas noic and my freehold or Comanag in Newbery all which land and Comanag to Inioy during ther livs and afterward to Eeturn vnto my grand Child, Josep Downer to Inioy for Euer or if he dy before he Inioys it then to Kemain vnto my granchild Marie Downer and if Josep Douner do Inioy the land then my will is he shall pay vnto his sister marie Downer twenti pounds besid that her porcion before Likwise I giue unto my daught marie Downer after my wifs decease my great new kit! and a puter Candlestick & a plater "Itm I giue unto my wifs grand Child Thomas hains ten pounds to be paid after his time is out Itm Besid that portion of land and other Estat I gaue my sonn John Knight for manie years sine as my brother & ||other|| do know I now giue vnto my sonn John Knight my howse and land I dwell upon with barn and orchard and my land next the ox comon both plow land and pastur and medow: as with all the ffences both of plow land and pastur and medow which is my part by agreement to do and likwise about 4 or 5 akers of marrish joyning to the Creeke by the Comon on the south East and likwise another parcill of marish on the north of John Piks land tourds litl Pin Hand & by henri Jaquises and the Creek on the west: And my desire is that my sonn John would let his sonn Josep Knight haue and Inioy all this land and housing when he is of aige for Euer Likwise I do make my sonn John Knight my Executor and do giue him all my goods accept the three things before mentioned to my daughter marie and likwise all my stocke of Cattell and horse and sheep and swine and I do Ingaig him herby to pay all the legacies and Charg that may a Rise for funerall or debts and to Eeceiue all that is du vnto me from anie person Likwise my will is that if my sonn John Knight will make over by a deed ||giuen|| unto Josep Downer and his wife marie douner that three acers of land joyning unto that he dwells on by henri Jaquishes and that two ackrs of plow land by my on acker on the west sid of the Ridg which was Nicholas noices then my will is that he he shall pay but ffortie pounds of the fourscor unto Josep Downer & his wife and this land Josep and his wife to Inioy during ther lius and afterwards to her sone as the other before Likwise I desier my thre frends my brother Richard Knight and Thomas Halle seir and Nicholas Noice to be my ouerseers to see this my will performed and I do giue them tenn shillings apeece to be paid by my Executor.

      John Knight.
      Witness: Richard Knight, Thomas Hale.
      Proved June 23, 1670 by the witnesses before Mr. Samuell
      Symonds and Maj, Gen, Denison.
      [1, 5, 6, 10]
    • In the 1671 church dispute between Thomas Parker and Edward Woodman, he sided with Parker. [1]
    Died 29 May 1670  Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 9, 12
    Buried Burying Ground of the First Settlers, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Siblings 3 Siblings 
    Person ID I4591  | Roy Line
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2019 

    Father William Knight,   b. Abt 1565, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Carter 
    Married 12 Nov 1588  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age at Marriage He was 23 years - She was ??  
    Family ID F7824  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Vincent,   b. 30 Jan 1595, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1644, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1624  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 14
    Age at Marriage He was 29 years - She was 29 years  
    Children 6 children 
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F3655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann "Agnes" Langley,   b. 1590, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1677, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [1, 2, 3, 10, 12
    Married 20 Mar [by 1652]  [1, 9
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F3658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 30 Jan 1594/95 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - birth to 1635 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Mar 1624 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Knight - 16 May 1625 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Knight - 14 May 1626 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Knight - 13 Oct 1628 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Knight - 10 Aug 1634 - Romsey, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1636 to death - Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 May 1670 - Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burying Ground of the First Settlers, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1161] Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, volume IV (I-L), (Boston: New England Historic Genealogy Society, 2005).

    2. [S1572] B, F. B. "Materials for a History of the Ingersoll Family in Salem", (Salem: Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Volume I, 1859).

    3. [S638] Coffin, Joshua. A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury, (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1845).

    4. [S1574] Currier, John J. "Ould Newbury": Historical and Biographical Sketches, (Boston: Damrell and Upham, 1896).

    5. [S652] Davis, Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis volume II, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995).

    6. [S1575] Dow, George Francis. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts Volume II 1665-1674, (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1917).

    7. [S1573] Drake, Samuel G. Result of some Researches Among the British Archives for Information Relative to the Founders of New England, (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1860).

    8. [S1571] Farmer, John. Genealogical Register of First Settlers of New England, (Lancaster, Massachusetts: Carter, Andrews, & Company, 1829).

    9. [S14] Find-a-Grave website, (http://www.findagrave.com).
      Memorial ID 114575609 John Knight

    10. [S645] Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, with some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton volume II, Reprint 1902, (Providence, Rhode Island: Snow & Farnham, 1902).

    11. [S72] Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts , (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1900).

    12. [S808] Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May 1692 on the Basis of Farmer's Register, volume III, (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1861).

    13. [S2000] ------------- Sources Below not Reviewed -------------.

    14. [S14] Find-a-Grave website, (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial ID 114575609 John Knight.